A while back, we wrote about how our CommonCV functionality made life easier for researchers. As a company built around technological innovation, we knew that was just the start.
Today, academic researchers who are applying for funding from the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) can access the AGRICultural OnLine Access (AGRICOLA) and index the catalog directly from the United States Department of Agriculture National Agricultural Library. This means that they can easily find publications to attach to their CVs with a few clicks of the mouse, rather than having to manually enter the details for multiple publications. This also ensures that the integrity of the data, as it is coming from a single source in a consistent format.
This latest integration of a large database into SmartSimple is pretty cool for a few reasons:
1. The integration saves the researcher from having to go back and forward between the OMAFRA’s SmartSimple research portal and they can actually attach information about publications to the relevant sections of the system (as a source to be used in research, as a published work for the CommonCV, etc.)
2. The AGRICOLA Catalog is the largest agricultural research database in the world, thus providing the most comprehensive database of publications.
3. Integrating the AGRICOLA Catalog required utilization of the Z39.50 Protocol, which was developed by the Library of Congress and used by many other libraries and research institutions around the globe. This means that SmartSimple can further integrate its Grants Management System for Research Funders across multiple academic repositories.